of sheet piling repaired
Using this standardised approach guaranteed that we could implement the project flexibly. It was not only a quick way of working, but it also reduced the engineering costs, as well as costs associated with the 130-plus permit applications that had to be submitted. Further savings were achieved by using an economical alternative anchoring system – the first time this had been employed on such a large scale along the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal. As 6,000 anchors were needed, this had a direct impact on the total cost price.
On a route as busy as this, the disruption to shipping traffic has to be minimised. Although speed restrictions had to be imposed during the work, we only limited the speed of vessels where this was absolutely necessary and divided up the work into short sections along the length of the canal, using patrol vessels to guide shipping. Consequently, skippers did not feel they were being forced to reduce their speed unnecessarily for kilometre after kilometre. Partly as a result of these measures, the number of complaints received in relation to the work was even lower than our ambitious target.
Ronald grew up in an international environment, which also shaped his career in integrated projects. From his design and engineering background, he grew into the project management of large complex projects. He now gratefully uses and masters this experience, in his current role as Managing Director of Ballast Nedam Infra Projects, where a customer-oriented focus is used and employed in tender and project selection.